Announcing the speakers at the OxTALENT awards ceremony 2017

The OxTALENT awards ceremony showcases our winners’ creative use of technology for teaching, learning, outreach and public engagement, celebrating the impact of their work and the inspiration it has provided to others. This year’s ceremony will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 14th June, and we are pleased to announce our guest speakers:

Dr Janet Smart is Reader in Operations Management at Saïd Business School. Her areas of expertise include systems engineering, complex systems, big science projects and programme management. Janet joined the School after nearly 20 years in the Department of Engineering Science, and is also a founder member of the world-leading CABDyN research cluster that investigates complex agent-based dynamic networks.

Sir Paul Collier CBE is Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies; urbanization in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure; and changing organizational cultures. He was knighted in 2014 for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa. Earlier this year Sir Paul led Oxford’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), From poverty to prosperity: Understanding economic development, which was highly successful and saw over 47,000 learners enrol.

Dr Niall Winters is an Associate Professor of Learning and New Technologies at the Department of Education and a Fellow of Kellogg College. His main research interest is in understanding how educational interventions can help to address inequality, especially for people who are marginalised. More specifically, Niall works to design, develop and evaluate technology enhanced learning interventions that support the professional development of learning practitioners, primarily healthcare workers in the Global South and in the UK.

Professor Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies in the Faculty of English, and Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College. Although her research focuses on Shakespeare and early modern drama, Emma has a wide range of academic interests, including drama in performance, and developing analogies between cinema, film theory, and early modern performance. Emma chairs the Education IT Board and is also a past winner of OxTALENT for her collection of podcasts Not Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean Popular Theatre (2010).

Kate Lindsay, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning in Academic IT, will host the event, and the awards will be presented by Dr Stuart Lee, Reader in e-Learning and Digital Libraries, and Deputy CIO (IT Services).

The ceremony will be held at The Oxford Martin School for the second year. The slightly larger venue means that we are able to extend our invitation to colleagues at large. If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend, there’s still (just) time to let us know. Please email events@it.ox.ac.uk by Friday 9th June to express your interest.


Image credits:
    Sir Paul Collier: CC BY-SA 2.0 World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons
    Dr Janet Smart: Saïd Business School

    Dr Niall Winters: Department of Education
    Professor Emma Smith: Hertford College

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